2012 Christmas Stakes Field Released – Boxing Day Caulfield

A solid group of 12 horses have been named in the final field for the Listed $120,000 2012 Christmas Stakes (1200m) which will take place at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

Sea Lord

Consistent gelding Sea Lord is one of 12 runners in the Christmas Stakes field

Among the top chances in the Caulfield feature is Michael Moroney’s lightly-raced mare Bonnie Mac who will be making her return to the track after an operation aimed to help improve her breathing.

The five-year-old arrived in Australia from New Zealand on the back of two consecutive victories and took the streak to five by winning her first three starts on Australian soil including the Listed Proud Miss Stakes at Morphetville.

She then went to Queensland but struggled to adapt to the right-handed tracks and also had breathing issues which Moroney believes have been rectified by the recent operation.

Another well-regarded runner in the Christmas Stakes field is Adelaide gelding Undeinably who is coming off a runner-up finish in the Listed Doveton Stakes on December 8.

Sea Lord will have to bounce back from a last-start seventh in the Listed MSS Security Sprint at Flemington last month but showed during the spring carnival he can perform at this level with a win and a number of other consistent performance at stakes level.

The five-year-old had a number of problems in the past but has overcome them since joining Stephen Brown at Flemington after previously being based in Sydney.

“He had feet problems and wind problems, but we haven’t encountered any of those,” Brown said.

“I can’t really put my finger on it but I’m just doing my own thing and it seems to be working.”

Others included in the Christmas Stakes field are Tony Vasil’s Veewap, last-start runner-up Diplomatic Force and the Jarrod McLean-trained Youbolt.

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Christmas Stakes 2012 – Final Field and Barrier Draw

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 706192468x ZEDI KNIGHT Brendan McCarthy Jamie Mott 13 60kg 101
2 9067x00x10 ELUSIVE TOUCH Shane A Edwards Damien Thornton (a) 8 58.5kg 98
3 684172x6x2 DIPLOMATIC FORCE Wayne Nichols Craig Robertson 3 58kg 97
4 6346×54135 VEEWAP Tony Vasil Vlad Duric 11 58kg 97
5 569×114417 SEA LORD Stephen Brown Luke Currie 5 57.5kg 96
6 x381120x24 ALPHA PROXIMA Leon Corstens Steven Arnold 7 57kg 95
7 267x99x8x2 UNDENIABLY Mark Kavanagh Jake Noonan (a) 9 55.5kg 92
8 311x26184x GOLD SAND Lee & Shannon Hope Reece Wheeler 10 55kg 91
9 511x11190x BONNIE MAC (NZ) Michael Moroney Nicholas Hall 12 54.5kg 94
10 x01264x528 BY THE WAY Mark Lewis Jason Benbow 2 54.5kg 90
11 1023891×34 YOUBOLT Jarrod McLean Dean Yendall 6 54kg 86
13 x117x2289x ROSES IN THE GLEN Mick Price Craig Newitt 4 54kg 78